1. Besh Barmak – Kazakhstan
One of the most unique Asian foods is Besh Barmak, a popular Kazakhstan dish. It consists of boiled horse or
mutton meat with small pieces of pastry boiled in broth and sprinkled with parsley and coriander. The meat is
usually diced with knives and often mixed with boiled noodles. It is usually served in a big oval dish.
2. Shakshouka – Yemen
This popular consists of poached or scrambled eggs cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers and spices. It is a
Middle-Eastern egg and tomato dish and the staple not only of Yemeni but also of Algerian, Israeli, Moroccan and
3. Shawarma – United Arab Emirates
Shawarma which has become popular worldwide is the national dish of UAE. It is a Middle easternArabic-style
sandwich-like wrap usually composed of shaved lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef or a hala mixture of meats. It is
a popular dish and fast-food staple across the Middle East and North Africa.
4. Tabbouleh – Syria
This tempting food from Syria is a Levanmtine Arab salad dish. Its primary ingredients are finely chopped parsely,
bulgur, mint tomato, scallion and other herbs with lemon juice, olive oil and various seasonings, generally
including black pepper and sometimes cinnamon and allspice.
5. Pad Thai – Thailand
The delectable and mouthwatering Pad Thai is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind
juice, red chili pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken or tofu, garnished with crushed
peanuts and coriander.
6. Dal Bhat – Nepal
If you are a mountaineer and you are planning to reach the summit of Mt. Everest you need to have a taste of the
popular Nepalese dish called Dal bhat, a South Asian and staple dish that vary by locality, ethnic group, family, as
well as the season. It contains lentils, chili, onion, tomatoes and ginger along with herbs and spices such as
coriander, garam masala and turmeric.
7. Israeli Salad – Israel
Salad is good as long as it is fresh and chemical-free. One salad worth trying is Israeli Salad. It is a chopped salad
of finely diced tomato and cucumber. It is widely regarded as an Israeli national dish. Israeli salad is usually
dressed with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Parsley and spring onions are sometimes added and the cucumbers
are not peeled.
8. Donburi – Japan
Aside from Sushi and Sashimi, another popular Japanese food is Donburi which literally means “rice bowl dish”. It
is consists of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. Donburi meals
are served in oversized rice bowls. Donburi are sometimes called Sweetened or Savory Stews on rice.
9. Stinky Tofu – Taiwan
As the name suggest, Stinky Tofu has a strong odor. It is the favorite snack food of Taiwan and neighboring
countries and is widely loved. It is very commonly served on roadside stands and in night markets.
10. Curry Laksa – Singapore
Curry Laksa is a coconut-based curry soup with tofu puffs, fish sticks, shrimp and cockles. Laksa is commonly
served with a spoonful of sambal chili paste and is garnished with Vietnamese coriander or laksa leaf.
11. Nasi Lemak – Malaysia
Nasi Lemak is a popular dish sold not only in Malaysia and Singapore but also in Brunei and Thailand. It is called
the national dish, a national heritage of Malaysia. It can usually be found sold for breakfast.
12. Masgouf – Iraq
Eating fish is healthy and one fish dish you’ll certainly adore is Masgouf, a traditional Iraqi dish. It is an open cut
fish grilled and spiced with salt, pepper and tamarind. Garnishes for this dish include chopped onions and
tomatoes. After the fish is well cooked and crispy, it is often sprinkled with the juice of a lemon.
13. Kabab Barg – Iran
I love barbeque and I am sure you do. Kabab-e Barg is a Persian style barbecued lamb, chicken or beef kebab.
The main ingredients of Kabab Barg are fillets of beef tenderloin, lamb shank or chicken breast onion and olive
14. Chicken Tikka – India
Chicken is cooked in so many ways and one unique chicken dish is Chicken Tikka, a dish of South Asia. It is
traditionally baked skewers with small pieces of chicken, usually boneless after marinating in spices and yogurt.
15. Khachapuri – Georgia
Bread is basically the staple of many people in the world. A delicious bread dish you will surely like is Khachapuri
or Cheese Bread, a filled bread dish from Georgia. The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in
various ways. The filling contains cheese, eggs and other ingredients.
Hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!